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Calligraphic rendering of “Ali” in Arabic.

This week, Ismailis and other Muslims mark Yawm‐e Ali, which commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali. The cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), Hazrat Ali is recognised as the most important spiritual and intellectual authority in Islam after the Holy Prophet, who, in accordance with the Shia tradition of Islam, designated him under Divine Command, as the first in the line of hereditary Imams from the Prophet’s own progeny.

Prince Aly Muhammad visits a local chicken farm owned by Mr Kalyikul Ysyraliev. As a graduate of UCA’s Entrepreneurship Programme, Mr Ysraliev built his first greenhouse in 2013 with the support of a loan from the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank and UCA, and has been supplying chickens, eggs, as well as vegetables and roses to the local community for the past five years.

Earlier this month, Prince Aly Muhammad completed a five-day, private visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, during which he visited the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia. Prince Aly Muhammad spent time with students in Naryn to understand more about their backgrounds and aspirations.

Syed Ali Abbas Razawi at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, where he gave a keynote lecture at the occasion of Yawm-e Ali 2017. Salim Nensi

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi gave a lecture commemorating Yawm-e-Ali, the birthday of Hazrat Ali, at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

The Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

A lecture commemorating Yawm-e Ali, the birthday of Hazrat Ali, is being given by Syed Ali Abbas Razawi at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 1 April 2017. The event begins at 8:00 PM Toronto time (GMT-4) and will be webcast at TheIsmaili.org/live.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with the Order of Danaker in Bishkek on 18 October 2016. Gary Otte

Bishkek, 18 October 2016 — His Excellency Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic decorated Mawlana Hazar Imam with the Order of Danaker, the highest recognition that the Kyrgyz nation can bestow upon a foreign citizen.

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